Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Game 24: Philadelphia Union at San Jose Earthquakes

Join me for a live chat during tonight's game.

Game 24: Philadelphia Union at San Jose Earthquakes

Chris Wondolowski scored the only goal in the Earthquakes´ win over the Union. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP file photo)
Chris Wondolowski scored the only goal in the Earthquakes' win over the Union. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP file photo)

Chris Wondolowski scored the game's only goal in the 69th minute, dealing the Union a 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The Union had a fair amount of the possession, but couldn't do much with it. Arguably their best chance of the match came in the last minute of stoppage time, when a Sebastien Le Toux free kick from just outside the left edge of the 18-yard box found an open Shea Salinas at the top of the box in the middle. Salinas shot into the crowd, and the deflection landed in the hands of Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch.

Philadelphia took nine shots to San Jose's eight, though in shots on goal the Earthquakes held a 6-5 advanage. Busch and Union goalkeeper Brad Knighton made five saves each. Knighton made the most impressive save of the night, deflecting a swerving free kick from Geovanni over the crossbar in the 89th imnute.

Busch certainly did his part to preserve the shutout, racing off his line on multiple occasions to scoop up loose balls.

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Stats from the match can be found here.

The Union now have 24 points from 24 games, with a record of 6-6-11. The Earthquakes improved to 10-6-7, and have 36 points from 23 games.

San Jose's win pushed the club up to the second wild card spot. Philadelphia remains nine points behind Seattle (9-6-9), which currently occupies the final wild card spot with 33 points from 24 games.

If you didn't get to watch the game, here are some video highlights. There's also my live chat transcript below.

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Time: 10:00 p.m. EDT
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
TV: WPVI 6.2, WQMY-69 (J.P. Dellacamera and Kyle Martino, pregame show at 9:30 p.m.)

Injury Report

Philadelphia Union

Questionable: D Juan Diego González (right groin strain), D Toni Stahl (right ankle strain), M Eduardo Coudet (right calf strain), F Danny Mwanga (left shoulder sprain)
Probable: D Michael Orozco Fiscal (left hamstring strain), M Fred (right groin strain)

San Jose Earthquakes

Out: GK Joe Cannon (left ankle fracture), D Ike Opara (left foot fracture), D Ramiro Corrales (left knee sprain), M Andre Luiz (left knee surgery)
Questionable: M Khari Stephenson (left ankle sprain)

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